Costly trial could send McMahan packing

Wednesday, May 21st 2008, 9:43 pm
By: News 9

By Mary Joseph, NEWS 9

Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector Jeff McMahan is facing a criminal trial for allegations of conspiracy and bribery. He could also face an impeachment trial at the capitol.

Before the senate trial can begin, a legislative committee must recommend impeachment.

"The House members will have to come back at least one day in a special session to consider those articles of impeachment," said Rep. Rex Duncan (R-District 35).

That one day will cost $25,900 of taxpayers' money. If the House votes to impeach McMahan, the senate trial will begin. A trail lasting five days in the Senate will cost around $41,000.

It's a total of $66,900 to remove a state official from office.

"If he would resign tomorrow, our mission would be moot," Duncan said.

Although McMahan is not handling day-to-day operations of his office, his attorney said McMahan is also not willing to give up his post.

McMahan's criminal trial is scheduled to begin in early June. His attorney is asking the federal judge to dismiss eight of the nine counts in the indictment against him.